The Art of Aggressively Achievable Goal Setting

kelowna accountantI think as business owners we can all agree that goal setting is extremely important. I personally think that setting goals that are “out there” is great but I also believe you have to have milestones along the way. If you put a goal out there that is so far out that you determine it’s not achievable in your mind, the possibility of you actually achieving it becomes significantly less.

Put that big goal out there and then create milestones or markers along the way that are smaller and which are aggressively achievable. I don’t want a milestone that says I’m going to wake up in the morning, for example.

A great milestone should represent going out and doing something you’ve never done before that helps move towards your goal. It’s needs to take you out of your comfort zone and move that goal to the next level.

Is It Good To Set Achievable Goals?

Here’s the thing, if you don’t set achievable goals then you are going to become frustrated. Just because you don’t know how you’re going to achieve some of those goals doesn’t mean that they aren’t achievable.

If you say you want to be a millionaire today, then you better be buying a lot of lottery tickets immediately and have a lot of good luck because the odds are slim to none.

It’s much more realistic if you say I want to be a millionaire and this is how I’m going to do it: I’m going to make my first 100K by doing X, I’m going to make my 2nd 100K by doing Y…etc.

Making Solid Goals

Written goals are extremely important. I find people who write their goals have much more success in their career. What I find especially interesting is that they don’t even have to look at those goals on a regular basis. If you sit down and create a goal setting system and put it on the shelf and go back and look at it in a couple to a few years, I’m willing to bet you’ll find you’ve actually achieved lots of those goals.

A goal setting seminar or an advisor will always tell you to write your goals and review them regularly. That’s great but a lot of people don’t do that. However if you do write them, you’ll find over time that they will be achieved.

Don’t Leave Your Goals Stagnant

To contradict my previous statement, you should be revisiting your goals regularly. If you think that your goals are stagnant or that you’ll simply achieve your goal and be done with it, you definitely need to rethink how you set, manage and achieve your goals. Being passive by allowing your goals to become stagnant  won’t help you be successful.

Similar to a constantly evolving business plan, your written goals should be a fluid document. Why not commit right now to reviewing your goals within the next month?  This small step will help you more proactively and aggressively make, modify and achieve your goals.

What goal setting tips help you actually achieve your desired results? Let me know in the comments below.

One Response to The Art of Aggressively Achievable Goal Setting

  • Goal Setting – I never achieved anything worth while until I discovered Goal Setting through a Tony Robbins cassette tape years ago. That one tape lead me to Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracey, Dale Carnegie, and the great big wide world of Self Improvement Guru’s. One of the common themes in all these guys is formalized Goal Setting.
    Why? Because it works!
    After that first tape, I wrote out 5 goals and reached them all in a few years. I started a successful business, flew a light plane solo, moved back to Calgary, meet the woman of my dreams, paid off all my debt. It’s doubtful any of that would have happened without setting goals. What happens is your subconscious mind becomes programed to keep you heading in the direction of what you want. And that internal Auto Pilot keeps you making the adjustments required for you to arrive at your chosen destination….
    Set Your Goals – Turn On Your Auto Pilot….
    Get Off The Stands and Into The Game – Participate !

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